Laurel Tester MBACP
How I Can Help You:
Life is not a straightforward journey. At times it can feel like a downright struggle. Sometimes family and relationships can trigger deep-seated issues and grief that make it hard to cope. If things currently feel confusing for you, counselling is a safe confidential space that your feelings can be unpacked and explored to bring clarity to your life, relationships, and experiences. Anxiety can feel lonely. But you don't have to be alone.
By putting my own values and judgements aside, I aim to join you in confronting your problems and gain a deep understanding of your experiences and feelings. By using various theories and techniques during our work together I'll help you to resolve past trauma and current conflict that is causing you pain or keeping you back from where you want to be in life.
What to expect from a session:
The first session will be an assessment which will help me gauge your needs. You will share some of your background and the issues which have prompted you to seek counselling. During this first session while I am learning more about you, you will also get a feel for me and how I work as a therapist.
I offer both short-term and open ended therapy and we will discuss which would best suit your needs during the initial assessment.
In further sessions, we will explore the issues that you feel are relevant and potentially holding you back from a more fulfilled life.
Each session lasts 50 mins and are usually held weekly.
We will regularly review our work together and explore whether you are getting what you need from the therapy.
I am also able to offer online counselling through a safe and secure video platform if this is your preference.
I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. I work in a person centred way, meaning that I take your lead and stay with the issues that you feel are important. I believe that everyone has the capacity for healing and growth given the right conditions and support, and this is exactly what I aim to provide. I have experience working with people struggling through trauma, depression, anxiety and grief to name just a few. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am committed to my own practitioner development, regularly attending specialist training courses, keeping myself up to date in best practices and theories of counselling. I am trained in online counselling and can offer this as an alternative if this better suits your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Person Centred Counselling FdSc at University of Worcester
- Foundation in Group Analysis through the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA)
- Currently training in Cyber Therapy at The Online Therapy Institute
I have direct experience working with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, complex trauma, grief, sexual issues, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem and anger management. Before starting my private practice, I worked in an occupational health setting helping staff to overcome difficulties holding them back both at home and in the workplace.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
Face to face: sessions are £50
I am occasionally able to offer concessionary rates which can be discussed during our first session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please contact me for my current availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|